Colbrunn elects not to return to Red Sox in 2015

Hitting coach helped team to '13 title; missed time in '14 with health problem

Colbrunn elects not to return to Red Sox in 2015

BOSTON -- Coming off their least-productive season as an offense in recent memory, the Red Sox will have a new hitting coach leading them in 2015. The club announced Friday that Greg Colbrunn, who served in that post the last two seasons, has elected not to return.

Colbrunn missed a part of the 2014 season after suffering subarachnoid hemorrhage in early June, then returned to the club in July.

In 2013, Colbrunn's first as a Major League hitting coach, the Red Sox led the Majors in runs (853), slugging percentage (.446) and on-base percentage (.349) en route to a World Series championship.

The complete opposite occurred this past season, as Boston finished 13th in the American League in runs, 13th in batting average, 14th in slugging percentage and 12th in home runs.

After a 13-year big league playing career from 1992-2004, Colbrunn spent five years as a hitting coach with the Yankees' Class A Charleston affiliate before joining the Red Sox.

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